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8:25 AM ET, September 9, 2021


 Top News: 
Eoin Higgins / The Flashpoint:
The Guardian removed a section of a Judith Butler interview comparing anti-trans feminists to fascists; sources say Guardian pulled a series on trans issues  —  On Tuesday, British newspaper The Guardian published an interview with Judith Butler—and then removed a section …
Elizabeth Byrne / ABC:
Australia's High Court affirms earlier rulings that media companies can be held responsible for Facebook comments posted under stories on their Facebook Pages  —  The High Court has dismissed an appeal by some of Australia's biggest media outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian …
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
How the rise of Politico and its model of insider coverage of DC shifted political journalism off course and exacerbated problems like both sides-ism  —  Politico's sale last month to the German media company Axel Springer for a reported $1 billion was the culmination of a stunning rise …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
HBO says HBO Max will launch in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, and Andorra on October 26, followed by 14 other European countries in 2022  —  HBO Max is coming to Europe on Oct. 26, and the first launch markets will be Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra, Variety can reveal.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
NBC says it has nearly sold out of its Super Bowl ad units, with some spots going for a record $6.5M, a sharp increase from last year's price of $5.6M  —  - Cryptocurrency among new sponsor categories for February game  — Super Bowl ads last year sold for an average of $5.6 million
Discussion: Axios, Variety, Ad Age and MediaPost
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS News launches See It Now Studios, led by former President Susan Zirinsky, to create documentaries and more for Paramount+, ViacomCBS brands, and others  —  The former CBS News president will lead the news and doc studio, which will create programming for ViacomCBS and other networks and streaming services.
Kendra Clark / The Drum:
Walmart and Meredith announce a partnership as part of which Meredith will launch its first shoppable “bookazine” that pairs recipes with Walmart products  —  Walmart today announced it is partnering with major media corporation Meredith to simplify the shopping experience with new AI and commerce offerings.
Discussion: Adweek and @markstenberg3
Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Substack plans to spend $30M+ over the next few years to entice popular comic writers using deals that let them keep rights to their own IP  —  The San Francisco-based newsletter platform plans to spend north of $30 million to entice big comic scribes to leave publishers …
Shira Springer / Nieman Reports:
The pandemic forced sports desks to go beyond competition-focused coverage, a change that every newsroom should continue into the future  —  The pandemic forced sports departments to go beyond scores and records.  That's a change that every newsroom should carry into the future  —  ARTICLE BY
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ozy Media names investor and board member Marc Lasry as chairman; Lasry intends to grow its investor base and pursue acquisitions  —  Marc Lasry, the billionaire businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, has been named chairman of OZY Media, the digital-first media and entertainment company founded in 2013 by CEO Carlos Watson.
Marc Malkin / Variety:
Netflix signs TikTok star Addison Rae to a multipicture deal; the 20-year-old has 83.3M+ TikTok followers, 39.2M Instagram followers, and close to 5M on Twitter  —  Netflix thinks Addison Rae is all that.  —  So much so that the streamer has signed the TikTok star to a multi-picture deal.
Heidi Legg / USA Today:
Examining political donations of top media owners, executives, board members, and investors: tracking is incomplete, and information about lobbying is opaque  —  We are in desperate need of a real-time database for super PAC spending, along with transparency on which media and platform owners fund lobbyists.
Discussion: @heidilegg
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft launches Microsoft Start, a personalized news product via, Windows integrations, new mobile apps, and its Edge browser new tab page
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu is raising the prices of its two on-demand plans by $1/month on October 8; Hulu with ads will now cost $6.99/month and Hulu without ads will cost $12.99
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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